Daily Search Forum Recap: March 16, 2009

Mar 16, 2009 - 4:00 pm 0 by

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Google Settles On Finding Related Site, But Not Specific Page?
    Googlers know they have to be very careful what they say in public forums when I am watching. In a recent Google Webmasters Help thread, Googler, JohnMu replied to a thread, and I am going to beat him up for his response. Before I do so, let me say that John has provided so much value to the forums and to webmasters, that I admit, he does not deserve this, but I know Googlers have
  • Getting Links From Professors & College Students
    A WebmasterWorld thread has tips from senior member wheel on how to get links from .edu pages, even when they might not be .edu pages. Wheel said that many professors have web sites that might not be on an edu top level domain. Since edu links might not be better than any other TLD, then why not go after any link from any professor's site? Wheel said: Searching on things like widget instructors, widget courses,
  • Google Fesses Up To AJAX Search Results Test
    A month and a half ago, Google began testing Google AJAX search results, which caused a major uproar amongst webmasters who were unable to track referrer information in their analytics package. Google released a statement that they test things all the time and didn't say more. Soon after, AJAX search results went away and we forgot about it. Then Brett Tabke asked Google's Matt Cutts at PubCon last week about this test. Lisa Barone has
  • Are SEOs That Specialize in Industry Verticals Better?
    Two recent articles sparked some discussion around the question if SEOs that specialize in an industry or two are more qualified then SEOs that do not specialize. One article was from Search Engine Land and the other from Top Rank Blog. Lee Odden said: Experience in a particular industry may be important on one level, but a company that specializes in a particular vertical warrants questions about conflict of interest. How can a company specialize
  • Scam: Google Money System or Google Kit
    I have been seeing a strong wave of posts and discussion threads on the topic of the Google Money System or Google Kit. In short, there are emails going out telling people Google will pay you by using Google's services. I did not get into the details on how they work, but I can tell you, Google is not paying you for these services. I see tons of threads, tons of them, in the various
  • Google Aggressively Testing Favicons In AdWords Ads
    Friday, we reported at Search Engine Land that Google is testing favicons (the icons you see in the URL bar) in Google AdWords ads. The test seems to be limited to the European market. Here is a screen shot taken from one of our members at Search Engine Roundtable Forums: Notice the bottom two ads on the right have little icons on the left of the display URL. Those icons seem to be from the

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